When it comes to achieving straight, healthy teeth, some adults hesitate to get braces. They may worry about spending the money for something they consider cosmetic, or struggle with the notion that braces are for younger people.
If you’re considering braces as an adult but have these or other concerns, this is a great time to set the record straight. Here are five things you need to know.
1. Braces are not just cosmetic
When teeth are not straight, they cannot truly be healthy. When teeth are straight, they function better and it is easier to keep them clean. The cosmetic issues are a bonus, though. With straight, healthy teeth, you’ll find yourself smiling more and feeling more confident.
The American Association of Orthodontists explains it this way: “The goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite—meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. This can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may improve self-esteem.”
2. Adults get braces, too
In days gone by, most people with braces were children or teenagers. Today, more people realize that straight teeth are healthy teeth (see #1, above), so many adults are making the important, and wise, decision to straighten their teeth with braces. This is true at Owl Orthodontics, just as it is elsewhere in Western New York and beyond. In fact, approximately one-fourth of our patients are adults.
3. You have options
When you were a kid, braces meant one thing: metal wires and brackets. Times have changed! Although this option is still available, there are numerous other options, as well. If you don’t want the whole world to know you’re straightening your teeth, you can choose one that will be virtually invisible. We’ll work with you to figure out which option would work best for you.
4. It may take less time than you think
When we recommend following certain guidelines, such as maintaining excellent oral hygiene, it’s always for a reason. People who are motivated to breeze through this process follow those guidelines. In our experience, adults generally demonstrate a strong adherence to our guidelines. That, in turn, generally translates to a reduced treatment time.
5. You can have braces even if you had them in the past
Some people hesitate because they had braces as a child or teenager and the problems came back. That can happen when people stop wearing a retainer or other device too soon. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck with less-than-straight teeth forever.
If you’re still on the fence, why not come in for a free consultation? You can see our office, meet our staff, and learn a little more about how the process works. We’d love to work with you to help you achieve the straight, healthy teeth you’ve always wanted. We can’t wait to see your smile!